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By MollyJ, October 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
I absolutely like this cartoon, like I do so many of Mr. Fish’s cartoons. I just saw it. But it evoked in me the response I had to a piece on Democracy Now! on Monday, October 17, 2011. They were highlighting the dedication of MLK in Washington DC and this was featured in their Headlines segment. That transcript is quoted:
Tens of thousands gathered on Sunday for a dedication of the new Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. Speakers included members of the King family, veterans of the civil rights movement, and President Obama.
President Barack Obama: “It is right for us to celebrate Dr. King’s marvelous oratory, but it is worth remembering that progress did not come from words alone. Progress was hard. Progress was purchased through enduring the smack of billy clubs and the blast of fire hoses. It was bought with days in jail cells and nights of bomb threats. For every victory during the height of the civil rights movement, there were setbacks and there were defeats.”
I was disturbed by this. I know he was trying to be inspiring but he also seemed to be saying that there hadn’t been enough blood yet spilled for change to occur and the movement had to be prepared for more of it to create change.
I think this cartoon is the perfect image for Obama’s speech at the memorial.
Thanks Mr. Fish.
By Glee, October 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment
This is an economic judgment day and good judgments still count.
Therefore, stop catering to and aiding and abetting corruption and expecting best results!
The rot in garbage eventually eats itself up! The more garbage the greater the stench!
Let the well salaried merchandisers also feel what its like to not have enough, and experience the consequences of having too much!
By ribbie149, October 9, 2011 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
If you keep acting like a child, we’re going to take
your crayons away from you. Perhaps you would enjoy
the Republican’t alternative?
By kerryrose, October 9, 2011 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
This is the truth. Civil liberties have deteriorated under Obama from even the Bush/Cheney rule of law.
The most deported. The most arrested. The most civilians killed by US forces. US citizens assassinated. Draconian USA. It is unforgivable for those who call themselves Democrats to give Obama a pass. His weakness is probably to blame as he lets Fascist rule become the order of the land.
By neil, October 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment
Boy, do I feel dumb. I thought the cartoon was a historical caricaturization of Herman Cain’s youthful allegiances. But I see now (glasses!!) that that sort of subject matter lacks the reactionary meat that Obama as the subject matter provides.
By pundaint, October 8, 2011 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
I hope the president sees this, maybe he can learn from pictures. This cartoon presents truth.
By DeeDee, October 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment
I’m not an Obama fan, but this is just plain mean-spirited.
By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
This song is NOT for you President Obama.
I DO NOT LOVE YOU!!!
YOU FUCKED UP!!!
Jackie Wilson - “I Still Love You”
I scoff at your Nobel Peace Prize.
By Gmonst, October 7, 2011 at 9:43 am Link to this comment
Duh ta duh, Obamatron to the rescue. Mr. Fish got it all wrong this a horrible characterization that is completely off base and offensive. Everyone knows Obama is not the strong decisive leader depicted in this cartoon. He doesn’t do anything but stands back and lets others take charge, it would be much more accurate to have him as the one holding the dog in the background. Obama is no where near enough of a fighter to take that kind of proactive initiative.
By A. Benway, October 7, 2011 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
Barky’s an interesting guy, but he’s irrelevant, a neo-jim-crow cut-out - even though I own freely that he himself may well be a pretty good guy, he’s still a shill for a failed way of seeing the world - a way called “monopoly capital”.
By Tom E, October 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment
Thats a bit much Mr Fish
By Robespierre115, October 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment
The sad, cold truth. Can’t wait for some Obamatron to come on here telling us how wrong we are.
By keepyourheaddown, October 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment
By Ralph Kramden, October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
That is it. You have nailed it, a bull’s eye. Obama is the perfect foil for assassinating the memory of Martin King. Exhibit A—-His assassination teams deployed all over the world. Obama is closer to Al Capone than he is to Martin King.
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